PANTHERS (17-21-6) at DEVILS (18-18-9)
7:00 PM ET; TV: FOX Sports Network; RADIO: 560 AM
Last 10: Florida 5-4-1; New Jersey 4-3-3
BOYES IN THE HOOD: Winger Brad Boyes helped Florida skate off with the full two points in Buffalo Thursday night, tying the game in the third period with his team-leading 12th of the season and then winning it in the shootout. Boyes currently rides a season-high five-game point streak (3-4-7). His six shootout goals are tied for second in the NHL.
TOOL TIME: Netminder Tim Thomas has continued stellar play between the pipes for the Cats allowing more than two goals in just one of his last seven games while going 5-1-1 in that span. Timmy earned the win after stopping 23 of 24 shots in regulation and another three shooters in the shootout to even his record at 11-11-2 on the season and increase his save percentage to .914.
ONE-GOAL GAMES: Florida has certainly learned how to hold on in one-goal games since Peter Horachek took over. After back-to-back losses in Horachek's first three days at the helm, the Panthers have gone 8-3-2 since when it's come down to one goal on the scoreboard.
THE FLYING FINN: His six-game point streak may have been snapped on Thursday night but young gun Aleksander Barkov still has seven points in his last seven games (1-6-7). Barkov still leads the Cats in points with 22 but Boyes is one point behind the 18-year old.
THE DEVIL BACKSTOP: The Devils have NHL great Martin Brodeur still playing but it will be Corey Schneider who the Cats will see Saturday night. The Devil's netminder is coming off a 1-0 shutout in which he made 26 saves for his sixth win of the season. The shutout helped drop his GAA to just above two goals a game (2.02) and bumped his save percentage up to .918 on the season.